From zenith to nadir for an real motorman!
Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry 8 Mai 1925
Albert Guyot sur Guyot Spéciale 2Litres
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Albert Guyot (25 December 1881 in Orléans – 24 May 1947 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) was a French racecar driver. He was one of four drivers who entered with Duesenberg the 1921 French Grand Prix, the first in which a US make participated. Jimmy Murphy won with his Duesenberg 183 & Guyot finished 6th..
But let's start from the beginning!
Albert Guyot, he started his racing career with a Minerva racecar in the 1907 in Kaiserpreis race in the Taunus (mountain range in Hesse, Germany. In the second series of the eliminating races he finished 9th, but unfortunately in the actual race Guyot gave up on the 2nd lap. During the year 1908 he joined the Delage stable and won the Grand Prix des Voiturettes.
His successes for Delage are as follows:
1911 4th, Coupe des Voitures legeres.
1913: 4th, Grand Prix de L'ACF, 2nd GP de France at Le Mans.
1914: 3rd, 500 Mile Race Indianapolis. With a Sunbeam he finished 4th in that race during the year 1913.
After World War One he became a member of the Ballot team and succeeded in finishing 5th at Indianapolis in 1919.
From Ballot he went to Duesenberg and secured once more a 6th place in the Grand Prix de L'ACF of 1921.
In the same year he also drove a Bignan car in the Corsican GP, winning this 275-mile race. In the next two years he was engaged by Rolland-Pilain, winning the 1923 San Sebastian GP.
From 1924 to 1931 Guyot built his own specials. His second car is the Grand Prix 2L Guyot Special (the car in the photo). It was designed by the engineer Cozette with Burt Mac Cullum 6-cyl sleeveless valve supercharged engine using a Rolland-Pilain underslung chassis.
Destined to the 2L Grand Prix formula finished fourth at the GP de l’ACF then retired at Monza. It is still in existence today.
The last Guyot’s racing cars are the four 1.5L 6-cyl. built for Indianapolis 1926.
In July 1927 at Montlhery during the "formula libre" race de Courcelles crashed fatally with a Guyot-Special.
After this tragic accident he puts an end to the career of this well-known Lorraine-Dietrich driver.
Guyot committed suicide in a spectacular fashion in 1947, when, after a Gargantuesque dinner with René Thomas and other motoring personalities drank a vial of cyanide in the restaurant toilet.